Improve Your Poker Profits by Thinking Big

Is your lack of confidence hurting your poker profits in your online poker play?

In the good Texas Holdem poker rooms on the internet there are various levels of buy-ins for tournament play, generally starting from around $5 (plus site fee) per player. This is the level that most new players play at but has your game moved on while you’ve stood still? What I mean by that is – have you gained enough poker experience to leave the “newbies” behind and move up a couple of levels? If you have then I would seriously suggest that you start playing for higher stakes, you could be losing out on a lot of online poker profits if you don’t.

The thing about playing at the bottom rung is that inexperienced players make unpredictable moves a lot more of the time than experienced poker players, so the very fact that you don’t know what to expect from them often means that they’re harder to beat than better players. Take Phil Hellmuth for example. Phil is probably just about the best player in the world but he’s famous for ranting and raving whenever somebody makes an unexpected move against him. He would find it very difficult against a complete novice who got a run of lucky hands, in fact most of the top pros avoid playing beginners for the very reason that there is an unacceptably high risk of them suffering an embarrassing defeat.

Poker is an art as well as a science. It’s about people as well as about cards and different people do different things, it’s human nature. A hand that one player might see as cause to raise all-in, another might fold. And nowhere in the world of online Texas Holdem is this difference of opinion more polarised than in the bottom buy-in tables. But as you move up the poker ladder, you will find yourself mixing with a better standard of player at each stage.

Everybody wants to win so the players who have taken the plunge and have decided to move up are playing at the highest level where they still have a realistic chance of taking a prize. Nobody wants to play hand after hand without ever winning so each player finds their level and plays there until they are ready to move up again to the next grade.

So if your game has moved on and you’ve gained experience playing Texas Holdem online, don’t hang around for too long at the $5 tables. Do yourself a favour and make the step up to the next level. You’ll find players there that are more in tune with the way you play so you will have more chance of being able to read their game and boost your poker profits.

Sure it will cost you a bit more money, but look at the positive side. You’re a better player now so you’ve got a good chance of winning more money!

Is your glass half full or half empty? When it all boils down the decision where to play is of course yours, but don’t you think it’s worth a try…just to see?

======================================================Article by Ian McIntosh of www.Love-Texas-Holdem.com. Check out the site for all the latest information on Texas Holdem tournaments and freerolls

Cold Calling – Risky Sometimes Profitable Strategy

One strategy many poker players may not be totally familiar with is cold calling. In a nutshell, cold calling is when a call after at least two actions have been made including a raise, before your turn to fold, raise or bet. For example, if one player bets, another player raises, and you call, this would be considered cold calling. For a player to bet in the first place is indicative they think they have a good hand and for someone to raise they think it is even better. To cold call is to bet in this round but it is not a time for a marginal maybe type hand and certainly not a time to bluff.
A great example is when you in the middle position of the table with an unsuited king and queen and an early postion player raises. Do you call in this case. There are several scenarios that can take out some risk. How has the player been playing. Check out their chip stack as well as your own. In general if they have been doing well they might continue to do so and it would be good to fold. If it is a player who goes all-in all the time and loses frequently or a loose player, it might be a good time to bet. You might have a hunch it will work. Again this is another time to bet as well. And if you have been doing well it might be a great time to bet as well.
Some might consider the king queen to be a good enough starting hand to cold call a raise with, though many poker players will pass on this one round even with a good position. This is the gist of poker though and sometimes you will win and other times you will lose. This is a great way for the raiser to accumulate chips as well. Since many players will fold when there is a raise. Have you ever seen a raiser who only has a pair of twos. But they add to their chip stack anyway.
If you make the call anyways, you maybe put into a difficult post-flop position. For example, let’s say that the flop was ace, queen, ten unsuited, which isn’t bad for you because you paired the queen with a king for a kicker. However, you also have to deal with the possibility that your opponent has ace king , and they now have a straight. Of course, they could have pocket jacks as well, and this will take knowing your fellow players in order to decide if it’s worth calling against any future bets. One strategy is to raise and feel out fellow players. If they re-raise, they might have something. Since sometimes players raise with any pairs as mentioned above, but will fold if they have say a pair of eights. The choice is yours. If you find them re-raising your re-raise then they might have a trump hand.
To be successful cold calling, you need a great hand, and weak opponents.

Gordon Vayo Out as Qui Nguyen Wins WSOP 2016 Main Event and Gets First Bracelet

Starting the final table of the WSOP 2016 Main Event by playing aggressively has paid off well for Qui Nguyen. He won the event and the $8 million dollar first place prize and bracelet. Though it wasn’t always smooth sailing, he pulled out a win which has become expected for those who play aggressively.
He came into the final table winning small to medium and several large pots against Gordon Vayo who was second in chip count and Gordon Josephy who was third. Josephy came out early moving up but his rise was crimped by Vayo who was dealt some strong hands as Josephy doubled up. He was left short stacked. He rallied for a bit till being eliminated by Vayo. Josephy took home $3.5 million for his work. This set the stage for Nguyen and Vayo.
The heads up match was long at 8 hours with many twists and turns. Vayo had gotten the chip lead briefly but that was changed after half an hour. The two battled back and forth till Nguyen took control. He went all-in on the river and Vayo folded with 80,000,000 chips on the table. Later Nguyen took another chunk of chips leaving Vayo weakened.
Nguyen continued to build on his lead eventually winning with a pair of kings against Vayo’s jack – ten spades combination.
Highlights of the tournament are in the video below.

Nguyen’s win highlights the effects of aggression in poker. If you sit at a table, you see it all the time. Players who raise often, even with questionable hands, often come out ahead.
Qui Nguyen is a Vietnamese who settled in California working in a nail salon before leaving for Las Vegas in 2007. He started by playing limit holdem cash games but went to no limit and had only a few cashes in small events. His only WSOP cash was in 2009 for less than $10,000. When the final hand came around, Nguyen won with a pair of kings against Vayo’s 10-jack combination. This shows the possiblities in poker that you don’t have to be Phil Ivey or a well known figure to win the WSOP.
Nguyen won his seat through a satellite tournament. Satellite tournaments are a great way to enter larger bigger payoff tournaments.

The WSOP 2016 Main Event results were:
Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
Gordon Vayo $4,661,228
Cliff Josephy $3,453,035
Michael Ruane $2,576,003
Vojtech Ruzicka $1,935,288
Kenny Hallaert $1,464,258
Griffin Benger $1,250,190
Jerry Wong $1,100,076
Fernando Pons $1,000,000
For most of the players, this is a high point of the poker career. Nguyen had his largest cash at this event. His previous top finish was $9000 and he earned his first bracelet. It’s rare to have repeat winners who place tops in the Main Event over and over.

Satellite Tournaments are a Great Way to Get In Highstakes Games with a Small Stake Investment

Satellite poker tournaments are a way to get into highstakes poker tournaments for a fraction of the regular buy-in fee. America’s Cardroom has dozens of satellite tournaments everyday. This article shows some of the satellite tourneys they have along with the results of main highstakes game.
Sunday is one of the most active days at America’s Cardroom . And for this reason I have included the Sunday 100k Warmup Tournament, yes that’s one hundred thousand dollar tournament.
The satellite tournament will give one winner a seat to this tournament. The cost of being in the satellite is $9. The regular price of this tournament is $109. For the top finisher it’s a dream come true. Afterall the main $100k Warmup usually goes over the GTD amount. Look at the results. The prize pool was 30% higher at $130,000 and the winner walked away with almost $25,000. So potentially you could go from $9 to $25,000 in one day!

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100k Warmup Tourney Satellite
Here is where you register by clicking the register button
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100k Warmup Tourney
This is the main tournament your satellite win will give you a seat.
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100k Poker Tourney Results
These are the results which are pretty impressive.


But this is only a single winner satellite tournament. There are other tournaments with multiple winners. Some satellites tourneys have up to 20 top finishers who will get a satellite seat at a fraction of the regular buy-in cost.
The 115k Sunday Special is the next tournament I’m looking at. This is more generous as far as winners are concerned. The top $20 finishers will get a seat that usually is $215. The buy-in for the satellite is $30. There is a greater chance of getting a seat with 20 finishers than with 1 winner only. I like this type of satellite tournament. The results of the tournament are listed also. The top prize was over $30,000. Again, not bad for a few hours of work.

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115k Poker Tourney Satellite
This is the satellite tourney. Click the register button to join
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115k Poker Tourney Results
These are the results of this tournament
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The final tournament I’m looking at is the $50k Sunday GTD. Satellites for this tournament have a buy-in of $9. There are 10 spots for the top finishers to get a seat for a fraction of the regular cost. The regular buy-in is $55. And as you can see the winner walked away with almost $12,000!
Americas Cardroom has multiple satellite tournaments daily. Not all are for these top highstakes tournaments. Check the satellite schedule and you will find a listing of the various satellites available. They’re a great way to turn a small stake into a larger stake.

50k Poker Tourney Satellite
This is the 50k satellite to join click the register button
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50k Poker Tourney
This is the main tournament with regular buy-in.
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50k Poker Tourney Results
These are the results which again are pretty impressive.


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Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments by World Poker Tour Winner Jonathan Little

jonathan little world poker tour winner

Jonathan Little has come out with a great book with great reviews on the poker world today. In the beginning of online poker, the games were easy to win. That period is over now with skilled players and lots of coaches and consortiums tips and strategies. The new online poker game is more competitive than ever. Yet, you can still do well. With this book, Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments,  from Jonathan Little, you will cover tips and tricks to improve your game.
Even if you are allready successful playing poker, you can still benefit from this book. I’ve found going to any learning situation, I always come out with some tidbit of information that I’ve overlooked and increases the success of my game.
Poker is like having your own business. Many people dream of it but only a few are skilled at it to make a living from it. Many players find it hard to cash even in the smallest of tournaments. There is a method to the madness and this book will give you enough strategy to kick ass on the tables. Jonathan Little is a two time World Poker Tour Champion.
About this book:
Most players dream of winning the big championship poker tournaments. But like having a business few make any money and most are losing money. Poker is a skill and the trick is to exploit every advantage. Sometimes is gut instinct, sometimes a pair of Aces, sometimes it’s late position. All these factors and more make poker a sport you really can’t predict in spite of all the books and theories out there. If it was regimented everyone would be as rich as can be.
There is a method to the madness though and sometimes there are clues to play and become a better poker player. Each game is different, each hand is different and you must adjust each time. Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments will explain how. In this guide, two-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little writes about strategies he uses that will allow you to overrule your opponents, giving you the opportunity to progress to the middle and high stakes. If you want to learn these strategies that will instantly improve your poker game, click the link and get this book.

Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments

Reader Reviews:

May 3, 2015
As usual, Jonathan Little’s writing style is lucid, and this book is pleasantly easy to read. He is a great teacher capable of presenting poker ideas in a clear and concise way. To me, his best works so far are ‘Jonathan Little on Live no-limit Cash Games,1 The Theory’ and ‘Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1’. These are without question 5-stars books in no-limit poker.
Back to the subject: the reason this book does not get 5-stars from me is because it is over-simplified in content and has not covered enough scope to achieve its goal: ‘beating Small Stakes Poker’. It focused on describing various player types and how to beat them, categorizing them into ‘playing too many/too few hands’ and cross-referencing them with ‘playing too passively/too aggressively’. This is more or less the same classification of player types into Loose-Passive, LAG, Tight-Passive and TAG, as appeared in many poker concept publications. Nothing new here.There is a very short section on ‘Players who play intelligently’ in this book. Believe me, there is a much better, more detailed and actually brilliant description of this particular player type in his ‘Live No-limit Cash Games’ you don’t want to miss. In fact, I found the ‘cash games’ book has a more detailed study of player types than the subject. But I must say the presentation in this book may be more suited for beginners to the game.
Even for small stakes poker and beginners to the game, I still think that studying how to beat players according to their player tendencies mostly is too simplistic. It should cover some more aspects that are as important to winning, such as awareness and varying the plays with effective stack sizes, how to use having the initiative and position etc.
But you will find all these and much, much more in the two books I mentioned above.
on March 12, 2015
 
I bought this Kindle book a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jonathan gives a detailed analysis of identifying player-types in tournaments and gives advice on how to exploit each player-type (the exploits differ greatly among the various types). His writing style is concise and to the point, keeping you focused (I’ve noticed some poker authors have a meandering writing style, making it difficult to absorb the information). You will definitely improve your tournament play if you follow his advice. There’s a lot of concepts discussed so I used Kindle’s “Note” feature to summarize and expand on his points. I’m re-reading it and writing my own document from those notes.